Useful Information

The location for the 27th International Annual Congress of the World Muscle Society is Halifax, Canada.  It feels even more special to be heading to Halifax as this was the planned destination for 2020, which had to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Located on one of the world’s largest natural harbours, Halifax is Atlantic Canada’s largest city with a quintessential maritime feel. A vibrant seacoast city wrapped in history and nature; Halifax is conveniently linked to major destinations around the world through the award-winning Halifax Stanfield International Airport. It is geographically closer to Boston and New York than any other Canadian city, and over one hour closer by plane to Europe than any other major North American city.

App

The Congress App will be made available to all delegates nearer the congress. You will be able to view the programme schedule, digital posters and audio/video files, sponsor information, participate in session Q&A and polling and connect with other delegates.

Banks

In Halifax major credit cards are widely accepted at hotels, stores, cafes and restaurants. It is a good idea always to ask beforehand though. Some places might charge a fee when accepting foreign credit cards as payment. Be sure to bring your PIN code and a picture ID. Banks are open from 09:30 to 17:00 on weekdays, most banks are closed on Saturdays and Sundays. There are numerous cash machines throughout the city and the Bureaux de Change are open until 9pm weekdays and during weekends at the Halifax Shopping Centre.

Communication

If you have any problems with the registration process or questions prior to or during the Congress, please contact the Congress Secretariat via e-mail office@worldmusclesociety.org.

Currency

The currency in Canada is the Canadian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.43 CAD
Coins: 5 cents, 10 cents, 25 cents, $1, $2
Notes: $5, $10, $20, $50, $100

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Discover Halifax

For more information about Halifax, an inspiring city with its well known association for maritime hospitality and cultural history, we recommend you visit  https://businesseventshalifax.com/events/wms2022 where you can book tours of the city, discover the many attractions and museums that the city has to offer and find out how to navigate this very walkable city. 

Electricity Supply/Voltage

In Canada the power plugs and sockets are of type A and B. The standard voltage is 120 V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz. These are the two thin pin plugs which are different to European and UK plugs. European plugs are not compatible with Canadian electrical sockets. In order to plug in your electric appliances, you will need a plug adapter or a converter. 

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

Visa-exempt foreign nationals need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through Canada. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid Canadian visa. Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, and Canadian permanent residents cannot apply for an eTA. 

Eligibility

Please note that WMS is unable to accept registration applications from patient parents/relatives or other members of the public. For full eligibility information please see: https://www.wms2022.com/page/registration

Emergency numbers

If you need to contact the emergency services (ambulance, fire brigade, police) whilst in Canada the number to dial is 911. The Hospital Infirmary in Halifax with an Emergency Department is at 1799 Robie Street, Halifax, NS B3K 4N1 www.nshealth.ca.

Insurance

Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind. It is strongly recommended to clear all travel and medical insurance issues prior to coming to Halifax. Neither the Congress Secretariat nor the Organising Committee will take any responsibility for any participant of the Congress failing to insure.

Meetings

WMS actively discourages any congress sponsor or other organisation from organising any kind of meeting or event in parallel with the congress programme. Any meeting or event which is organised before or after the congress must not be badged in anyway as a pre/post WMS event for example, nor any connection be made to attendees being able to attend as part of their WMS itinerary.

Name Badges

Your WMS Congress name badge must be worn at all times during the congress and social activities. It will be required to gain access to the venue and sessions.

Photographer

There will be an official photographer present throughout the congress and social activities. Photos will be shared on the WMS social media channels during and after the congress. Photos will be available via the members section of the WMS website after the congress. If you do not wish to be included in any photos please make the organisers and photographer aware via the registration desk.

Press and Embargo Policy

Press Policy TBC

The embargo date is the presentation day, e.g. for a late breaking abstract this is the last day of the congress. For general presentations that would be the beginning of the scientific programme for the congress (local time).

Social Media

WMS has Facebook, Twitter and Linked In accounts. Posts including photos about the congress and related activities will be posted before, during and after the congress. 

Time

The Time Zone in Halifax, Nova Scotia is Atlantic Standard Time (AST). To check the time in Canada.

Travel

For Travel information please visit: https://www.halifaxconventioncentre.com/delegate-experience/getting-here 

Visa

Find out if you need a Visa for Canada. Please make sure that you ask for a visa permit in plenty of time. If you need an invitation letter, please contact the Registration Manager if you didn't request one during the registration process.. 

Official visa information provided by the Canadian Government.

Weather

October, like September, is another mild autumn month in Halifax, Canada, with temperature in the range of an average high of 13.5°C (56.3°F) and an average low of 8.8°C (47.8°F). Read more about the climate in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

 
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